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What You Need to Know About Dorm & Renters Insurance For College Students

If your college-bound student will be living in a dorm or other campus housing, her belongings may be covered under your homeowners or renters insurance policy. However, the Insurance Information Institute (III) says that some policies limit coverage for belongings while your student is away from the your home. Dorm insurance protects your student's personal property against damage or loss, and renters insures both of you in case someone is injured while on non-campus residences.


Do Students Need Renters Insurance?

A college student who is under 26 years old, enrolled in classes, and living in on-campus housing, may be covered under your homeowners/renters insurance policy. But, even if a student is a dependent under his or her parent's insurance, the student's personal property, in many cases, is not covered if the student lives off-campus. Furthermore, coverage for on-campus losses depends on the insurance carrier and your insurance deductible. (See: Choosing The Right Coverage.)

College students living in off-campus housing are ideal candidates for renters insurance, since many students bring thousands of dollars worth of personal items, such as electronics, a computer, televisions, gaming devices, bicycles, and furniture with them to their home away from home. As a renter, It is their—  or perhaps your — responsibility to provide coverage for these valuable items. The landlord’s insurance does not cover their personal property in the event that it is stolen or damaged as a result of a fire, theft or other unexpected circumstance. 

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Vacation Home? Income Property? Here’s How to Cover It.

There are many reasons you might want to rent out your home on either a short- or long-term basis. Depending on the rental scenario, your standard homeowners policy may not cover losses incurred while your home is rented out, and you may require a more specialized insurance policy. So, whether you own a second home that you lease to tenants, want to rent out a spare bedroom in your house periodically through Airbnb, or make a little extra cash renting out your beach cottage the weeks you’re not using it, the first step should be to call your insurance professional. 

 

Short-Term Rentals/Primary Residence

If you are planning to rent out all or part of your primary residence for a short period of time, for instance, a week or several weekends, there will likely be two insurance scenarios.

  1. Some insurance companies may allow a homeowners or renters policyholder  a short-term rental—assuming they have notified the company. Other insurers will require an endorsement (or rider) to the existing insurance policy in order to provide insurance coverage. 
  2. If you plan to rent out your primary residence for short periods on a regular basis, to various “guests.” this would constitute a business. Standard homeowners insurance policies do not provide any coverage for business activities conducted in the home. To be properly covered you would need to purchase a business policy—specifically either a hotel or a bed and breakfast policy.

 

Long-Term Rentals/Second Home

If you are planning to lease your home to one person or a couple or family for a longer period of time, say six months or a year, you will likely need a landlord or rental dwelling policy. Landlord policies generally cost about 25 percent more than a standard homeowners policy to pay for increased protections. If you are regularly renting out a vacation home or investment property, this would also require a landlord or rental dwelling policy.  

Landlord policies provide property insurance coverage for physical damage to the structure of the home caused by fire, lightning, wind, hail, ice, snow or other covered perils. It also offers coverage for any personal property you may leave on-site for maintenance or tenant use, like appliances, lawnmowers, and snow blowers.

The policy can also include liability coverage; if a tenant or one of their guests gets hurt on the property, it would cover legal fees and medical expenses.

Most landlord policies provide coverage for loss of rental income in the event you are not able to rent out the property while it is being repaired or rebuilt due to damage from a covered loss. This coverage is generally provided for a specific period of time.

 

Renters Insurance

As the landlord, your coverage is only on the structure itself and your financial interest in it. Your tenant’s personal possessions are not covered under your policy. In order to avoid disputes arising from damage to the renter’s belongings, many landlords require a tenant to buy renters insurance before signing a lease.

 

Source: Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.)

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